Paradise Park near Newhaven 18th May 2017

The Medway Stroke Club was off to Paradise Park, just outside Newhaven for the May outing. Paradise Park is a garden centre and a visitor attraction which features the history of our planet and a dinosaur park, which was indoors. Also, but outdoors, are miniature scenes of Sussex dotted around the gardens. We arrived shortly before noon and it was agreed to go straight to Lunch. The food was served very quickly and was very nice. After lunch we all wandered around the garden centre and met up at the indoor attraction at 1.30pm. The planet earth museum was very interesting and everyone found it very informative. Then we went into the paradise gardens which were outdoors for the miniature scenes and it was exactly that time that it started to rain. There were plenty of paths to follow, going around the gardens and a few ponds that contained many fish which we could feed. The rain was now coming down very heavy. We had to abandon our adventure and made out way back to the centre for warm drinks and cakes. As the rain did not let off we made our way back to the minibus and homeward bound.

Scalextric and Elm Court Garden Centre 15 April 2016.

We had two separate venues for our outing today. Six members went to Elm Court Garden Centre for the afternoon. Looking at the plants then stopping for a coffee and a chat in the restaurant. The twelve other members ventured just up the road to the Chequered Flag Scalextric track for some fast and furious racing. The track is 150 ft. in circumference with 6 lanes.P1030831 P1030843 P1030822 P1030817 The racing was very competitive and everyone enjoyed themselves. We all had 6 races, so that we had a go on all 6 lanes. With the aid of the computerised track we were able to tell who was in front and who was trailing behind. Results in and the ladies took the top 3 places. After a stop for refreshments we were paired up for joint racing with a further 6 races. After 2 hours of racing we thanked Karl for an enjoyable afternoon. If you are interested in racing you can find out more here. http://www.chequeredflag.info/

 

 

 

Outing to Tenterden 2nd July

Sometime outings do not turn out as you expect. That is what happened to our outing to Margate on Thursday 2nd July. Waiting for the mini bus the news got to us that the M2 was blocked with an accident. The A2 was down to a crawl and the M20 was closed. Basically all main routes to Margate were closed. We had to think where to go. So at 10.30 we had decided to go to Tenterden and off we went. Driving through rain we arrived in Tenterden.  As it was still raining it was off to have a coffee till it stopped.P1030168 Members went off to explore the town. Some went to the town’s museum, others had a look around the church and some went and looked around the shops.  For one member who had not been able to get to the shops since her stroke, it was serious retail therapy.  With 3 personal shoppers to help her with choosing, holding and advising clothes, she thoroughly enjoyed herself. Then it was off for a well-deserved late lunch.P1030170 There was just enough time for an ice cream before getting back on the mini bus. Expecting to go to Margate for a paddle we ended up in Tenterden instead. It was a very enjoyable day.

 

 

 

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Medway Stroke Club was eager to make a start celebrating “make May purple for Stroke.” It began on the 30th April with an outing to the Hollywood Bowl for 2 games of purple ten pin bowling. All members wore purple in some shape or form; being either Stroke Association tee shirts, curly purple wigs and even down to purple necklaces and earrings with a matching purple watch. Even Hollywood Bowl decorated our lanes with purple balloons for us. The local press arrived before we started and they took plenty of pictures. Then it was on to the bowling. Thirteen of us played plus Grace, Jim’s 2 year old granddaughter who helped him play. We had a very enjoyable time. After bowling it was off for a well-deserved lunch.

5th March 2015 Dobbies garden centre

Members went to Dobbies garden centre in Gillingham for afternoon tea. This included sandwiches and small cakes plus tea and coffee. After tea some of us went to look round the garden centre.

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Outing to Battle East Sussex

14 August 2014. Our outing today took 14 members to the quaint town of Battle, East Sussex. P1020729Unfortunately, just after arriving, the heavens opened and we were scurrying for shelter. As the rain eased we decided it was time to head to the local pub for an early lunch.  The food was delicious and filling, although some members found room for desserts.  P1020732By this time the sun was out and it was lovely for the rest of the afternoon. Some members went to the Yesterday World Museum; some explored the town and onto the town museum and gardens. Others just sat in the town square and watched the world go by. P1020736

 

Herne Bay and the Spitfire and Hurricane Museum.

24th July 2014 15 members went to Herne Bay for lunch. P1020621It was a lovely day for a walk along the promenade and sitting in the sunshine. After lunch we got back on the mini bus and went to the Spitfire and Hurricane memorial museum at Manston.P1020623 The Museum contains two halls housing the Spitfire MK XVI (LF) and Hurricane IIC, complemented by a vast array of other artefacts. Whilst visiting, we took advantage of the adjoining café for afternoon tea and enjoyed the warm sunshine.

 

Outing to Hall Place

On Thursday 26th June 2014, 12 members went  to Hall Place.  After stopping for coffee it  was off to wander around the gardens. P1020591 We looked at the topiary called the Queen’s  Beasts. This was planted for the Queen’s  Coronation and fine beasts they were. The rose garden was in full bloom and the fragrance was lovely.  After a walk around the enclosed gardens some of us sat in the  grounds for a picnic, and admired the view. Once fed and watered it was off again to walk  to the bridge over the River Cray, which was  fast flowing.  An impromptu game of ‘Pooh Sticks’ was played. P1020594 Moving on we  wandered around the rock garden and the  heather beds. There were plenty of seats to  sit on and just ponder and watch what was  going on. We also roamed around the kitchen garden and the model gardens which consisted of small enclosed gardens.  There was a glasshouse to look around to see banana trees, lemon trees and cacti growing as well as other tropical plants. Also there was a large pond to watch the fish and spot the terrapins. This was another good day out with plenty to see and plenty of seating. Bliss.

Outing to Deal

On the Thursday 22nd May 15 members went on the mini bus on Thursday to the seaside town of Deal. After being dropped off at the pier it was off to find the town and the local coffee shops. coffeeUnfortunately, just before lunch, it began to rain. So it was a good excuse to find the local pub or fish and chip shop for lunch. After lunch the rain stopped and the sun came out and it was blue sky for the rest of the afternoon. Some went looking around the shops. Others went for a walk along the promenade to Deal Castle. Looking out to sea it was so clear you could see France.Deal castle Others just sat on the many seats along the front and chatted or read a book. All too soon it was 3.30pm and it was time to return to the mini bus for the journey home.

 

 

 

Scalextric

14th November 2013 The outing this month was a first for the club. We were going to the biggest Scalextric track in Kent measuring 150ft in length and would be racing model racing cars. The track had 6 lanes and we all got a turn racing a car on each of the lanes.

racing Yes it was fast and furious but it was also hard work to keep up with your car. However help was at hand as it was all wired up to a computer that kept track of the final placement of the cars. After each race the winners were announced. Karl, who runs this venue, was keen to make sure that everyone enjoyed themselves.
more racing He gave nicknames to some of us such as Supersonic, Stealthy, Devious and The Stig. We all had 12 races in total and then it was the moment for all the times to be calculated to find out the winners.
medals All members were presented with medals and the 3rd, 2nd and 1st winners were presented with cups. Everyone enjoyed our day and hope to come back soon. Then it was off to lunch at a local pub. For more information about the Scalextric go to www.chequeredflag.info

Canterbury Cathedral

3rd October 2013 After an interesting talk earlier in the year about Canterbury Cathedral, 9 members took the mini bus to Canterbury to see for ourselves the magnificent building and its artefacts. Starting in the nave we made our way around the Cathedral. Going to the MartyrCanterburydom where, in 1170, Thomas Becket was murdered. We then went on to the cloisters and the chapter house, before going down to the crypt. From then we went up to the Quire and into the Trinity chapel with its beautiful 12th century stained glass windows. After leaving the Cathedral it was time for lunch, and look around the shops before leaving at 3.30pm for home.

Dobbies Garden Centre

15th August 2013 It is often said that things that happen on the spur of the moment are the best, and so it was with our afternoon tea at Dobbies today. Unfortunately we were unable to use our usual venue for our meeting so gathered in the garden centre to be waited on hand and foot. All the staff were cheerful and helpful as more and more members arrived and more seats and teas were needed.

tea Sandwiches, scones with jam and tasty cakes were enjoyed while friends chatted together, and when everyone was satisfied, members took time to stroll around the garden, food and the many other sections of the centre, which makes it such an interesting place to visit. Everyone said they had enjoyed the afternoon, and it was noted that it was a venue we would definitely visit again, especially in spring for buying plants and in November/December when the weather isn’t suitable for an outdoor outing, and the Christmas decorations are on display and there is a great selection of ideas for Christmas presents. Members paid their usual clubs subs and the balance was subsidised from club funds, another event which has been possible due to our fund raising and generous donations.
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Outing to Herne Bay

11 July 2013 18 Members ventured down to Herne Bay for a day at the seaside. Arriving about 11am we were greeted with grey skies and a stiff sea breeze.

Herne Bay After a group photo for our new photo album it was off to the coffee shop. Some went for a walk along the promenade while others went to look around the town.Most of us went for fish and chips for lunch at Dean’s Plaice which was very nice. By this time the sky was blue and the sun was out and it was a lovely afternoon. Whether it was strolling along the promenade, walking round the gardens or just sitting looking out to sea having a chat, it was very relaxing.
ice cream

Then there was just enough for an ice cream before departing at 3.45pm for home.

Bowling

22th November 2012 Fourteen members made the journey to Gravesend for 2 games of bowling. After all this exercise it was off to the Copperfeild for a lovely carvery lunch with the added bonus of free ice cream.

Outing to polhill garden centre

25th October 2012 Ten of us made the journey to Polhill garden centre for a spot of early Christmas shopping. We took in the delights of the Christmas decorations, farm shop, butchers, aquarium and the garden centre. Stopping for lunch on the way home was the perfect ending of another enjoyable day.

Outing to Rye and the Lathe Barn

13th September 2012 What a glorious autumnal day for the group’s outing to Rye. We couldn’t have wish for better weather. Rye itself was heaving as it was market day. Some members of the group braved it in the main part of the town. Others made their way to the Kettle O’ Fish restaurant near the river for their lunch.
lunch The meals were excellent and afterwards some of the party sat by the river, topping up their tans. Others went in search for liquid refreshment. Shortly afterwards the members re-joined the mini bus to continue to the Lathe Barn for afternoon tea, arriving there about 3pm. Some had their tea and cakes indoors whilst others had their cream teas and cakes outside in the courtyard in the sunshine.
tea It was so pleasant we could easily have spent more than the hour enjoying the excellent hospitality. Reluctantly the members returned to the minibus for the journey home.